Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh welcomed contingent of Rafale plane that reached Ambala as we speak in a collection of tweets through which he additionally thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the French producer of the plane Dassault and congratulated the Indian Air Pressure. He didn’t neglect the critics, warning that anybody “frightened about or important” can be “those that wish to threaten our territorial integrity”.
The 5 Rafale fighter jets, accompanied by two Sukhoi-30s, entered the Indian airspace this morning and landed in Ambala shortly after three pm. The Russian-made Sukhoi-30s have been the final fighter jets made overseas that have been inducted into the Air Pressure. Over the previous few years, the indigenous Tejas fighters have been added to the fleet.
The federal government had inked the Rs 59,000-crore deal to acquire 36 Rafale jets from French aerospace main Dassault Aviation in September 2016.
“The Rafale jets have been bought solely as a result of PM Shri @narendramodi took the precise determination to get these aircrafts via an Inter-Governmental Settlement with France, after the lengthy pending procurement case for them couldn’t progress. I thank him for his braveness & decisiveness,” Rajnath Singh tweeted.
The Rafale jets have been bought solely as a result of PM Shri @narendramodi took the precise determination to get these aircrafts via an Inter-Governmental Settlement with France, after the lengthy pending procurement case for them couldn’t progress. I thank him for his braveness & decisiveness.
— Rajnath Singh (@rajnathsingh) July 29, 2020
In one other tweet he recommended the efficiency of the Rafale jets, saying they’ve a “superb flying efficiency” and its weapons, radar and different sensors and Digital Warfare capabilities are “amongst one of the best on this planet”. The arrival of Rafales, he stated, “will make the IAF a lot stronger to discourage any risk which may be posed on our nation”.
“The Rafale jets have been bought once they totally met the operational necessities of the IAF. The baseless allegations towards this procurement have already been answered and settled,” one of many tweets learn. Mr Singh didn’t title the Congress, which had focused the federal government over the acquisition forward of final yr’s Lok Sbaha polls, accusing it of corruption and crony capitalism.
The brand new fleet will likely be inducted into the IAF this afternoon as a part of the No 17 Squadron of the Air Pressure, also called the “Golden Arrows”.
“I congratulate the IAF on a professionally executed ferry. I’m positive that 17 Squadron, the Golden Arrows, will proceed to reside upto their motto of “Udayam Ajasram”. I’m extraordinarily joyful that IAF’s fight functionality has obtained a well timed increase,” a tweet from the minister learn.
The jets – which took off from Merignac in southwest France on Monday and made a visit Al-Dhafra air base within the United Arab Emirates — reached Ambala after protecting a distance of almost 7,000 km.